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Record 7 of 10

System Number: 09118
Date: [17 July 1890][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Isabella Stewart Gardner[2]
Place: London
Repository: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, MA
Document Type: TLc



Dear Mrs. Gardner,

I am delighted to know that you are here again - and if my book[4] has had anything to do with your arrival, I shall consider myself a success indeed! - Julian[5] had told me of your appearance in Paris - and tonight I wandered in here after an absence of some time, so that you will understand how your note has been unanswered -

Do come and see us. We have a delightful old house in Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, - No. 21 facing the river -- and the most charming garden in London!

If disengaged, why might you not come tomorrow afternoon at about 4.30 or 5 o'clock? and let us offer you a cup of tea.

I will tell Mr. Heinemann[6] the publisher tomorrow [about] the book - it is only just out - and I need not say how delighted I am that you should have thought of possessing it.

We [illegible] to think of going to America[7] this autumn, having been invited by Van [illegible][8] to Newport. You shall have to tell us all about it. Do come tomorrow.

Perhaps you would send us a wire in the morning.

Don't forget.

21 Cheyne Walk

With kindest regards to yourself and Mr. Gardner[9].
Very sincerely yours,

James M. Whistler

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Mrs. John L. Gardner,
The Berkeley Hotel,
[postmark:] [...] 17 JULY 1890


1.  [17 July 1890]
Dated from postmark.

2.  Isabella Stewart Gardner
Isabella Stewart Gardner (1840-1924), née Stewart, collector [more].

3.  1890
This may have been added by the copyist.

4.  book
Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, London and New York, 1890.

5.  Julian
Julian Russell Story (1850-1919), genre and portrait painter [more].

6.  Mr. Heinemann
William Heinemann (1863-1920), publisher [more].

7.  America
JW and his wife never went to America.

8.  Van [illegible]
The typescript leaves two blanks in this sentence, presumably where words could not be read by the transcriber. Likewise the envelope has not been fully transcribed.

9.  Mr. Gardner
John ('Jack') Lowell Gardner (1837-1898), collector [more].